Percol Plastic Free Coffee

Last year, Percol became to world’s first coffee brand to receive the Plastic Free Trust Mark from A Plastic Planet. To celebrate, I’ve been given some bags of plastic free coffee to try and I’m giving some away!

Being the world’s first plastic free coffee brand is a huge achievement, but Percol’s green and ethical credentials don’t stop there. Percol coffee is organic, carbon-neutral and fair trade. Almost all of their packaging across their whole range is either compostable or recyclable and they aim to have this at 100% by the end of this year – check out the facts here.

Why plastic free packaging?

Currently most ground coffee packaging is made from plastic – specifically, a multi layer laminate that can’t be recycled. I get it. It’s only a little bag of coffee, right? Well, it’s one little bag of coffee 52 times a year. Per house. Every year, that equals over 100 million completely unnecessary pieces of plastic in the UK alone. Why go for plastic free packaging with your coffee? To be frank, because we can’t afford not to.

(Aside: speaking of affordability, Percol ground coffee costs around the same as all the other good brands.)

Is the Percol coffee packaging really compostable or biodegradable?

There is often confusion about what it means for an item to be compostable or biodegradable. An item that is biodegradable will be broken down by biological processes – eventually. If you’ve ever tried putting a biodegradable coffee cup lid in your home compost heap (I have) then you’ll know it could still be there 6+ months later.

Compostable packaging, however, must be able to break down in proper composting conditions and it must break down into something that improves soil. If it doesn’t, then the material can’t be certified as compostable. The Percol ground coffee bags are 100% compostable, and will break down in your regular garden compost at ambient temperatures in 26 weeks.

Percol Ground Coffee Review & Giveaway

I tried the Columbian coffee, and it’s perfectly smooth. Used in my coffee maker, the grounds don’t leak into the pot as they do with pretty much every other brand. Using it in my cafetiere gets similar results. As with most ground coffee, I get a much better kick than with instant, which is good news because I am not sleeping well and am practically a zombie most mornings of late!

As I mentioned above, Percol ground coffee retails at around the same price as most other branded coffee. You can get it in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and other supermarkets.

I am giving away three bags of Percol coffee: the espresso intense beans, the decaf and either the Colombian or the Peruvian (the winner can choose). See the widget below for how to enter and don’t forget the T&C’s!

The takeaway

Percol has brought us plastic free, fair trade, organic and carbon neutral coffee at a similar retail price to every other branded coffee out there. I am beyond pleased to see business finally standing up and taking responsibility for their products and the impact they have on our planet. Percol are unashamedly leading the way – as we all should be. This is #CoffeeOnAMission and it deserves your full attention.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions: The Percol Plastic Free Coffee Giveaway runs from 11th Jan to midnight 25th Jan. The prize is three bags of Percol Plastic Free coffee: the Espresso Intense whole bean, the Decaf and either the Colombian or the Peruvian. This prize is not exchangeable or negotiable. The giveaway coordinator is Lauren James of Inspire Create Educate. To contact her for more information on the giveaway, email hello@inspirecreateeducate.co.uk. UK residents only. The winner will be chosen by random selection on 26th Jan and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 3 days of receiving the email, a second winner will be drawn. The odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram hold no liability for or affiliation with this giveaway.

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